A Travel Price Comparison for Families, Couples, and Backpackers Almeria vs. Essaouira for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons

Should you visit Almeria or Essaouira?

Which is cheaper to visit? Which is more expensive for vacation?

Which city should you visit? Read on to compare the activities as well as the prices of travel for Almeria and Essaouira. We'll break down costs for accommodation, food, transportation and more to help you learn more about these two destinations. Then, you can figure out if either of these two places are accessible based on your travel budget, schedule, and interests. So, let's dig into it.

Where Should I go: Almeria or Essaouira?


Almeria is a city (and province) in the Andalusia region of Spain. It is located in the southeast area of Spain on the Mediterranean Sea. Almeria is a charming area rich in history. Though it is not as well known as some more popular cities in the area, such as Granada, Seville, or Malaga, its popularity has increased significantly over the years with the growth of its holiday areas. Almeria has over 62 miles of untamed coastline, something that is hard to find on the Mediterranean, and has outstandingly beautiful landscapes, which stands out even in an area of natural beauty. The spectacular beaches with warm waters of the Mediterranean, abundant historic and cultural sites, and large tourist centers makes Almeria a great travel destination.


Essaouira is a beautiful beach town on the Atlantic coast of Morocco. The city has a pleasant medina that has been named a UNESCO World Heritage site and is interesting to explore. It's an 18th century fortified town with a lot of character and charm. The city is rich and culture and you'll find a handful of art galleries throughout the town. The city is also a gathering place for artists and musicians, particularly during the Gnaoua Festival of World Music, which takes place the last week of June. This event attracts about 450,000 visitors yearly.

Which place is cheaper, Essaouira or Almeria?

These are the overall average travel costs for the two destinations.

The average daily cost (per person) in Almeria is €99, while the average daily cost in Essaouira is €42. These costs include accommodation (assuming double occupancy, so the traveler is sharing the room), food, transportation, and entertainment. While every person is different, these costs are an average of past travelers in each destination. What follows is a categorical breakdown of travel costs for Almeria and Essaouira in more detail.

  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Almeria 44
    Essaouira 24
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Almeria 88
    Essaouira 48
Compare Hotels in Almeria and Essaouira

Looking for a hotel in Almeria or Essaouira? Prices vary by location, date, season, and the level of luxury. See below for options and compare which is best for your budget and travel style.

Hotels in Almeria

Hotels in Essaouira

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Our Analysis
We've analyzed the average and typical hotel prices based on guest reviews, star ratings, and hotel amenities here: Essaouira Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Almeria 20
    Essaouira 1.85

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Almeria

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Almeria:

  • Transfers desde Aeropuerto de Almería (LEI) a Vera Playa - 4 pasajeros: $126
  • Almería Private Transfer from Almería Airport to City centre or Cabo de Gata: $66
  • Almería Private Transfer from the city centre or Cabo de Gata to Almería Airport: $66
  • Private Transfer from Almeria Airport to / from Almeria Spain: $42

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Essaouira

Also for Essaouira, here are a few examples of actual transportation services:

  • Private transfer Casablanca - Essaouira city ( 1 up to 4 pers ): $254
  • Private transfer Marrakech - Essaouira (5 UP to 7 pers ): $164
  • "Essaouira to Agafay Desert Marrakech: Exclusive Private Transfer: $90
  • Airport Transfer Essaouira - Marrakech : $298
  • Airport Transfer From Essaouira Airport To Medina: $22
  • Airport transfer, Departure : Essaouira, Arrival : Agadir: $120
  • Essaouira : Private Transfer from or to Agafay Desert: $152
  • Essaouira Airport To city Transfer: $39
  • Essaouira private transfer from Essaouira city to Agadir airport (AGA): $140
  • Essaouira to Marrakech:Private Transfer for a Hassle-Free Journey: $79
  • Essaouira transfer to Marrakech : $132
  • Hinterland Quad Bike Tour with Transfer: $36

Is it cheaper to fly into Almeria or Essaouira?

Prices for flights to both Essaouira and Almeria change regularly based on dates and travel demand. We suggest you find the best prices for your next trip on Kayak, because you can compare the cost of flights across multiple airlines for your prefered dates.

  • Food Meals for one day
    Almeria 40
    Essaouira 13

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Almeria

Also, here are some specific examples of food and dining related activities in Almeria.

  • Spanish Paella Private Online Cooking Class: $40
  • Private Authentic Spanish Cooking Class with Juan in Almeria: $94

Typical Food Prices in Essaouira

Here are some examples of typical meal expenses from previous travelers to Essaouira:

  • Baklava
  • Breakfast Crepes
  • Fish for Lunch

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Essaouira

For Essaouira, here are some samples of tours and activities related to meals and dining experiences:

  • Traditional Moroccan Cooking Class: $39
  • Traditional Moroccan Cooking Class: $55
  • L'Atelier Madada Moroccan Cooking Workshop in Essaouira: $55
  • Essaouira Cooking Class: $66
  • Traditional Family Style Moroccan Cooking Class: $67
  • Berber Cooking Class at a Farm in the Countryside & shopping at a rural Souk.: $98
  • 3 hours Camel Ride in Essaouira with Dinner and Overnight in Berber Camp: $172
  • 3 Hours Horse Riding with Dinner and Overnight Berber Camp: $174

  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Almeria 16
    Essaouira 11

Tours and Activities in Almeria

Here are a few actual costs in Almeria for available activities, ticket prices, and tours:

  • Almería: Cathedral Entry Ticket: $7.58
  • Almería: Cathedral and Convent of the Puras Entry Ticket: $9.74
  • Almería: Guided City Discovery Tour: $16
  • Almería: Legends and Mysteries Evening Walking Tour: $11
  • Almeria : Private Custom Walking Tour With A Local Guide: $50
  • Almeria like a Local: Customized Private Tour : $53
  • Alcazaba Guided Tour: $16
  • Convent of the Puras Skip-the-Line Entry Ticket: $5.41
  • History and Hidden Corners Essential Walking Tour: $14
  • Private custom tour with a local guide: $49
  • Spanish Civil War Shelters Ticket and Official Tour: $11
  • Andalusia: Almeria Cathedral Entry with Guided Tour: $16

Tours and Activities in Essaouira

Also, here are some specific examples of entertainment, tickets, and activities for Essaouira.

  • Full Day Tour From Marrakech To Essaouira Mogador: $22
  • Private City Tour: $26
  • From Marrakech: Guided tour of Essaouira the coastal city: $26
  • KiteSurfing or Surfing Experience in Essaouira: $28
  • Full Day Tour To Essaouira from Marrakech: $33
  • Cultural & Historical Sightseeing Tour - half day: $35
  • Friend-Guide Essaouira city tour: $36
  • 3-Hour Camel Tour: $41
  • From Agadir to Essaouira : Coastal Day Tour with Guide: $47
  • Guided Dromedary Riding Tour: $49
  • Half-Day Old Town Guided Tour: $49
  • Essaouira Tour - Half day visit to berber market : $57

  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Almeria 4.29
    Essaouira 8.50

Sample the Local Flavors in Almeria

Here are a few nightlife and alcohol tours and activities from local tour providers in Almeria:

  • Visit to Eco Winery Cortijo El Cura and wine tasting in English: $22
  • Visit to Eco Winery Cortijo El Cura and wine tasting in Spanish: $22

When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Almeria and Essaouira, we can see that Almeria is more expensive. And not only is Essaouira much less expensive, but it is actually a significantly cheaper destination. Since Almeria is in Europe and Essaouira is in Africa, this is one of the main reasons why the costs are so different, as different regions of the world tend to have overall different travel costs. So, traveling to Essaouira would let you spend less money overall. Or, you could decide to spend more money in Essaouira and be able to afford a more luxurious travel style by staying in nicer hotels, eating at more expensive restaurants, taking tours, and experiencing more activities. The same level of travel in Almeria would naturally cost you much more money, so you would probably want to keep your budget a little tighter in Almeria than you might in Essaouira.

If you're trying to decide if either of these two destinations are within your price range, also see Is Almeria Expensive? and Is Essaouira Expensive?.

Which is Bigger, Almeria or Essaouira?

Almeria has a larger population, and is about 3 times larger than the population of Essaouira. When comparing the sizes of Almeria and Essaouira, keep in mind that a larger population does not always imply the destination has more attractions or better activities. So, always research the type of place that you want to visit along with the activities and attractions that interest you.